Thank You to Helping House Staff

Thank You to Helping House Staff

News & UpdatesThank You to Helping House Staff

Thank You to Helping House Staff

Last week our Ćećǝwǝt Lelǝm Helping House said good-bye to two members of our team.

Heather Gagnon was our Home Care Nurse and Laura Avery was our Expressive Arts Therapist. We thank them for the work they have done in our community over the years and always working with compassion.

We wish them all the best on their journey. Thank you for being such an important part of our TWN community.

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On October 8th, Tsleil-Waututh and Metro Vancouver announced that Belcarra Regional Park will become known as təmtəmíxwtən/Belcarra Regional Park — a new name that reflects the park’s history. təmtəmíxwtən translates to “the biggest place for all the people” in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language and the site is the largest of Tsleil-Waututh’s ancestral villages, primarily occupied as a winter village.
On September 30th, members of our Tsleil-Waututh community, and our family members from Musqueam and Squamish, will take part in a pilgrimage walk to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Walking from our Tsleil-Waututh Reserve, located along Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver, our community members and staff will walk 8.5 kilometres to the site of the former St. Paul’s Residential School, now the site of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation members took staff from the Province of BC for a tour of Say-Nuth-Khaw-Yum, the Indian Arm Provincial Park. Our cultural leaders spoke about importance of protecting park and significance to our Tsleil-Waututh people. The park’s area is a key place of cultural and spiritual significance where our people have practiced our culture since time immemorial.
September 30th, 2021 will mark the first observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We know that members of our Tsleil-Waututh community will continue to do the good and meaningful work we have always done. We will check on our survivors and their family members, listen to and share our truths, and continue to bring awareness to our struggles and our strengths, as we move forward in healing.
We would like to introduce you to our new Tsleil-Waututh Nation Elected Chief & Council members, whose term began July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2025. Head on over to our Elected Chief and Council page to learn more about the experiences, cultural work, and backgrounds that Chief Jen Thomas and each of our new councillors brings towards the self-governance and leadership of our Nation.
As the summer comes to a close, the COVID-19 pandemic carries on. We have been weathering this storm for more than a year and a half, and we have been able to do so because of the support and care from our TWN Community Members.